Dallas is currently undergoing one of the busiest concert seasons in some time. Between the KISS FM Jingle Ball, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and next week's Jay-Z show- the good folks over at Ticketmaster are certainly earning their Christmas bonuses this year. In the midst of arena-tou ... More >>
Yeezus has risen! This morning, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce his first solo tour in five years. The 23 city run starts on October 19th in Seattle, and will hit Dallas' American Airlines Center on December 6th, before wrapping up in Houston. As if that wasn't enough to whip the internet in ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Stanton Stephens. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. When you walk into the Black Swan Saloon, a shoebox-sized bar in Deep Ellum, Gabe San ... More >>
OK guys, this week is a little skimpy on the announcements, but rest easy knowing that so many good summer, fall and Justin Timberlake concerts have already been announced. What upcoming concert are you most excited for? See you in the comments!
This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. The day has finally come and Bill Wisener, Bill's Records owner, can hardly contain his excite ... More >>
It's a classic Valentine's Day dilema -- you've planned ahead, made the sweeping gestures, made eyes across a white tablecloth and now you're ready to express yourself with some good old fashioned parts-rubbing. Whatever you do, don't play any of these records.
Destiny's Child released their first major-label song on the soundtrack to Men in Black, which came out on CD, cassette, and MiniDisc; they became famous shortly before Monica Lewinsky. This is the kind of thing a pop star less secure than Beyonce wouldn't want to draw attention toward, which is one ... More >>
This past Saturday, a brick house tucked away in a tree-lined neighborhood just north of Texas Woman's University was transformed into a conduit of light and sound, serving as the 189th secret location for Sofar Sounds' living-room shows, and the second show witnessed by Denton invitees. A cloudy ... More >>
Welcome to Dear Audra/Dear Hunter, where Audra Schroeder and Hunter Hauk correspond through a series of dramatic letters about pop culture that flummoxes us, like we're Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward. Dear Audra, I don't know if I can handle it again. I've been seeing headlines to the effect o ... More >>
See also: In Defense Of... Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" Ever since I started this column, I've dreaded going after any track by Justin Bieber. On one hand, the stuff with his name on it is too predictable and manufactured to deride in a unique way. Also, I've always feared that if bash his work, his ... More >>
With the news this week that former Dallas/current Minneapolis rapper Andy Bothwell, aka Astronautalis, is collaborating with Bon Iver on a new album, it made us think of his recent collabo with The Flaming Lips, and his James Blake team-up. Is Justin Vernon like one of those rappers you pull in for ... More >>
Photos by Dylan HollingsworthLate yesterday, friend of the show and Observer contributor Dylan Hollingsworth posted to Facebook the photo you see above; a second followed a little later, and it's after the jump. He offered no explanation for either, only a title: "Oh, Christmas Tree." And the dat ... More >>
Friday, October 28, at the House of Blues
BeckYesterday Beck announced that he had been "recording some tracks" with country singer Dwight Yoakam. And yeah, we guess we could kind of see that, as Beck has run the gamut of styles during his career, touching on hip-hop, electronic, folk, and mariachi. But, even though it makes sense when ... More >>
Jason Merritt/GettyJoe JonasJust last month, DC9 reported that Dallas' own (Westlake, to be exact) Joe Jonas would be branching out on his own solo project. Seems the middle JoBro was feeling pigeon-holed in the Disney set, so he has taken a sort of bad boy approach with his new stuff. His people ... More >>
Jason JanikBowling for Soup in a lake? Why not?In the wake of their recent split with Jive Records, the record label home to such artists as Usher, Justin Timberlake, Cage The Elephant, and Britney Spears, Bowling For Soup could have very easily slipped into a tumultuous time of uncertainty. Inst ... More >>
OK, here she probably smelled like blood and semen...According to fragrance industry insiders, Lady Gaga has requested that Monster, the perfume she is developing, smell of "blood and semen." Frankly, that's a head-scratcher for us -- it sounds more like a Bloodhound Gang scent, or perhaps a Load ... More >>
I guess things are ramping up for New Year's Eve, 'cause tonight's pretty stacked for a Wednesday, y'all...
It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>
Ah, summer. The time of year where all the teens get out of school and go to the mall (and iTunes) to spend their allowances on music released during the school year. And some other stuff the kids do these days.Apparently, the founding members of The Script were part of an Irish boy-band that got lo ... More >>
Thursday, May 7,at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, January 23, 2009...Hey, did you like the Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake song "Dick In A Box" (see above)? It was pretty funny, right? Well, Samberg and his comedy writing partners are coming out with an album now...I guess Kanye West has let the ... More >>
Monday, March 17, at House of Blues
Because of You (Def Jam)
A night at the Ghostbar is just like Hollywood, without the celebrities or fun
God-fearing black man tames slutty white girl as Craig Brewer's South rises again
The moves are the same, but the clothes are much, much better
Saturday, January 13, at the Majestic Theater
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
Wednesday, January 19, at Tom Cats
The Ultimate Collection ( Sony)
In the shallow pool of Dallas nightclubs, Spike gets deep
Muppets and Martians party hardy
In 2003, the best was hard to find but easy to hear
Meet Kenna, "the 2Pac of rock"
Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams plan for the revenge of the N.E.R.D.
Bad Boys II: The Soundtrack (Bad Boy/Universal)
December 7 and 8
Bronco Bowl's Four Plans From Outer Space